Hi Everyone, I requested hard copy reports from all 3. I just received my Trans report in the mail. To my surprise my report does not include date of 1st delinquency nor does it show any address identification numbers . Has anyone else had this happen to them? Do I need to request another report? Im so butt hurt, I was eager to get things rolling. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I have a SDFCU secured card that I've had since November 2011 and still remains secured. On their website when I log in, it reads as "EMV SECURED VISA PLATINUM." Since I don't need it except to help my average age of accounts, I brought the limit way down to the minimum of $250 so as to not tie up excess funds.
I'd love to get this unsecured and wonder what behaviors are thought to lead to their unsecuring. When I called them many years ago they said there is no way to ever unsecure.
My FICOs are well above 800, but I never use the card, do I just need to run transactions though it to unsecure it? Maybe I should pump up the limit a bunch then use the card and hope it unsecures at a nice high limit.
I was wondering if anyone had some advice regarding the following:
I recently pulled our credit and Ally Financial is showing a charge off (CO) in the amount of $997.77 for a Chevy Volt lease we had back in 2013. The amount was written off sometime in 2020 and we were sent a Form 1099-C. I spoke with Ally Financial today and was told the charges were for excess wear and tear - it was our understanding that when we returned the car this was being taken care of by the dealer - we turned the car in a month or two early with low miles and some equity in it and leased another Volt from the same dealer. The rep from Ally that I spoke with today said that even if I wanted to do a PFD I couldn't because our balance is showing as $0.00.
Sooooo… based on the above and the below example of how the account is showing on our Experian CR, what do you guys suggest we do to clean this up???
Any help, advice, guidance would be greatly appreciated.
THANK YOU in advance!
This is how it's showing on our Experian Report:
Account Name: ALLY FINANCIAL
Account Number: ######XXXXXX
Account Type: Auto Lease
Responsibility: Joint with XXXXX
Date Opened: 5/30/2013
Status: Paid in settlement. $998 written off.
Status Updated: Aug 2020
Balance Updated: -
Recent Payment: -
Monthly Payment: $0
Original Balance: $13,065
Highest Balance: $0
Terms: 36 Months
On Record Until: May 2024
Payment History: Current on payments from August 2014 thru July 2017, then it shows CO (Charge-off) from August 2017 thru July 2020, and finally it shows CLS (Closed) August 2020.
My credit score right now is 650 according to chase. I want I know if it would be better to pay off closed accounts first, which I negotiated low interest rates for a few years ago, or pay down the active ones first, some of which are near max end have higher rates.
Does having these unpaid closed accounts worsen my credit, or does the fact that I am paying them monthly improve my credit?
I had another topic on the this subject a while back but I felt it was getting too far off the mark, so I wanted to start fresh. I'll keep it super simple though, because my current goal is to repair my credit:
TL;DR - What do I do with my charge offs/things that have been sent to collection and are well within the SOL? Pay them off ASAP? Pay in Full or go for the discounted settlements? What will let me start building up my score the quickest and allow me to distance myself from my troubled history?
I have 2 chase accounts, one is $5k+ and one is $600+, both have been charged off, both are well within the SOL (happened in 2018, SOL is 5 years in Illinois for getting sued afaik). I have a Discount tire one that has also been charged off, also well within the SOL. Now there are some other accounts I KNOW have been charged off, all around the same time, but they either show up on my eReport or not at all, but I expect them to pop up as I continue down this process, because that seems to be what's been happening anyways.
Now here's what I SPECIFICALLY need an answer on, because I felt like this wasn't getting answered: What do I do with this information? I know I owe the money, I want to improve my credit. Is it really worth going through the whole Debt Validation thing at this point? If not, than do I let's say call up Chase or Discount Tire or any of the OCs I had these debts with and talk to them? Do I just wait for the collection letter to come and settle the debt that way? Will it look better if I pay off the debt in full as opposed to going through one of these CAs, or does it not matter at this point other than getting hit with a 1099?
I have searched up and down the boards and I am having trouble finding the answers I need. I already know paper reports are worth a million times more than the ereports, I already know about credit utilization and DTI and all of that, I already know what to do to build the credit back up once I don't have to worry about the charge offs before, but what I don't know is what to do with my current charge offs.
Thank you all for your time! I apologize if my tone sounds demanding; I promise you that is not the case! I just want to be as straightforward as possible so I'm not wasting your time. I'm thankful for the advice I have been given already and as a matter of fact this board helped me get back with AMEX after the whole debacle I had with them.